Lil Yachty's charisma is inimitable. As with many young rappers (Yachty is only 18 years old), he's unconcerned with technical rapping skills, and this turns off a lot of hip-hop traditionalists. But when you start to accept Yachty for what he is and spend some time listening with an open mind, it's easy to become a fan. These days, Yachty is winning over a lot of those.
Unlike many of Atlanta's aggressive up-and-comers, Yachty's delivery is odd, gentle, and glistens with a childlike playfulness and hypnotic sense of melody. His debut mixtape Lil Boat establishes one of the most compelling new brands in hip-hop, and his features—on Chance The Rapper's "Mixtape" and D.R.A.M.'s "Broccoli" especially—make a strong case that most songs are better with a Yachty verse.
Lil Yachty is destined to have haters, but he's got the youth on lock, and when the kids love you, you're going to have a bright future. Either learn to love him, or get ready to be pissed off for the foreseeable future, because Yachty's only going up from here.—Jacob Moore